National Olympic Stadiums (National Yoyogi Gymnasiums)
- Kenzo TANGE
- Shimizu Corporation
- Standing on a huge open site in the area next to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine is the gymnasium complex, designed by Kenzo Tange, for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. It consists of two arenas, used primarily for a variety of athletic events, however, it also accommodates today such non-athletic events as concerts, and other cultural venues. Set against the context of streets, JR railroads, a huge park and a solemn shrine, as well as the beckoning urban dynamism from near by Shibuya and Harajuku, it casts a sharp image as an impressive urban architectural object sitting on an enormous piazza with its bold composition derived from the city axes. His design of a unique suspended roof structure with its beautiful roof silhouette captivated the people with delight and amazement. This multi-functioned athletic and cultural facilities offer, in addition, a spatial realm that bestowed the visitors with creative sensations to be one with architecture.